However, he married a free woman and got his ticket of leave and became a respectable member of the Tasmanian community. My own Father's Grandfather (Eli's son) was a Pilot on the River Tamar and they lived in the Pilot's Cottages at Low Head at the mouth of the Tamar.One of the sisters married a Ship's Captain and ended up living in Ontario California.Beyond that the records aren't complete enough to trace any further back with certainity, but it is known there were Begents working as fishermen in Folkestone in the 1600s.That probably ties up with the idea of refugees coming over from France.Someone told me that there was material about the Hugenots living in that area in the Wandsworth Library, but subsequent visits to London have usually been short and I haven't ever followed it up.There is a Nancy Salter who lives near my Mother who has done lots of research into the Begent family in Tasmania.The earliest record he could find was of a lace-maker in Nottingham last century.This give us one of two theories on the origin of the name.
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He spoke to the now well known Richard Begent - we think?
He told us that there were Begents buried in the Hugenot cemetary in Garrets Lane in Earlsfield, but by the time I got to visit in 1984, the site was a High Rise and there were only a few headstones left standing.
Regards Jan and Andy Begent Subject: BEGENT FAMILY IN AUSTRALIA From Meg Daly Just to let you know that I am descended from the said Eli Begent who was transported to Tasmania (Van Diemens Land) in 1811. It is interesting to read all about the family and where the name originated.
My Father was Jack Begent and I have a sister Judy Begent. Thanks Meg Daly (nee Begent) Subject: BEGENT FAMILY IN AUSTRALIA From Meg Dal Dear Simon Thanks for your message.
We are linked to a grouping of Begents who live in Utah who emigrated from Kent in the 1920s and many of those living today in Essex, Kent, Sussex and Surrey.